Kuranda Scenic Railway

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    Kuranda Scenic Railway Car

    Kuranda Scenic Railway Car
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Kuranda Scenic Railway Car. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Cairns to Kuranda Railroad - Australian Engineering Feat of the 19th Century

    Many cruise passengers visiting Cairns on the northeast coast of Australia take shore excursions to the old Kuranda township. Kuranda is in a mountain rainforest about 17 miles from Cairns and has good arts, crafts, and Aboriginal artifacts shopping and family nature adventures.

    Getting to Kuranda is half the fun. You can ride a bus, which goes straight across the flat coastal plain filled with sugar cane fields before climbing the mountains to Kuranda. Or, you can take a bus to the skyrail station and enjoy gliding high over the rainforest to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Finally, you can ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway, which dates back to the 19th century. This historic railroad follows the scenic Barron River Gorge, and the train passes through numerous tunnels as it winds its way up the Great Dividing Range. While visiting Cairns on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager, we took a bus to the Rainforestation near Kuranda and rode the train back to the Freshwater Station.

    These old railcars reminded me of the railroad from Skagway, Alaska to the Yukon - the White Pass Railway.

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    Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia - Barron Falls on the Barron River

    Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia - Barron Falls on the Barron River
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia - Barron Falls on the Barron River. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Barron Falls on the Barron River -- Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Cairns, Australia -- Barron Falls on the Barron River -- Kuranda Scenic Railway
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Cairns, Australia -- Barron Falls on the Barron River -- Kuranda Scenic Railway. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Barron Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia

    Close-up of Barron Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Close-up of Barron Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rainbow over Barron Falls - Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia

    Rainbow over Barron Falls - Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Rainbow over Barron Falls - Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Kuranda Scenic Railway at Cairns, Australia

    Kuranda Scenic Railway at Cairns, Australia
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Kuranda Scenic Railway at Cairns, Australia. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Countryside along the Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Countryside along the Kuranda Scenic Railway
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Countryside along the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Kuranda Scenic Railway
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Kuranda Scenic Railway. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Stoney Creek Falls on the Barron River - Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Stony Creek Falls on the Barron River - Kuranda Scenic Railway
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Stony Creek Falls on the Barron River - Kuranda Scenic Railway. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The three-trestle bridge over Stoney Creek, which was completed in in mid-1890's, is the most outstanding feature of the railway line.

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    Kuranda Scenic Railway Locomotive

    Kuranda Scenic Railway Locomotive
    Historic Mountain Rainforest Railway between Cairns and Kuranda Kuranda Scenic Railway Locomotive. Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison